A Childen’s Crusade on Climate

November 30, 2018

Above, news from SBS (Australia).

CNN:

Thousands of Australian children skipped school on Friday in defiance of the prime minister to protest for greater action on climate change.

Organizers estimated around 15,000 left their classrooms in 30 locations across the country, including Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth, carrying signs reading “procrastinating is our job not yours” and “I’ve seen smarter Cabinets at Ikea”.
Friday’s protests followed similar protests in Canberra and Hobart earlier this week.
As the children prepared for three days of protest, Prime Minister Scott Morrison told Parliament “what we want is more learning in schools and less activism.”
Two Central Victoria pupils, inspired by Greta Thunberg, a 15-year-old student in Sweden who staged her own climate strike outside the Swedish Parliament in September, started the “Strike 4 Climate Action.”

Harriet O’Shea Carre and Milou Albrecht, both 14, penned a call to arms asking fellow school children to join them in protest, stating: “Just going to school isn’t doing anything about climate change. And it doesn’t seem that our politicians are doing anything, or at least not enough, about climate change either.”
On Thursday Thunberg tweeted her support for the Australian schoolchildren, “Time for bed in Sweden. But in Australia it’s already morning… I stand strong Australia. We are with you.”
The Australian newspaper reported that environmental groups and parents supported the protests.
“I wake every morning in a state that is 100% drought declared,” said 17-year-old Ruby Walker, a protesting pupil from the state of New South Wales.

The children are also protesting against the possibility that the Carmichael coal mine, a controversial development in Queensland, will gain the regulatory approvals for work to begin.The proposed use of Australian taxpayer dollars had enraged opponents of the mine, who say it will be a “death sentence” for the Great Barrier Reef because of the high levels of carbon pollution that coal produces.

Large parts of the reef have already been destroyed by rising ocean temperatures linked to global warming.Indian conglomerate the Adani Group announced Thursday that the project would be “100% financed” through its own resources, removing the need to rely on government funding.”We will now deliver the jobs and business opportunities we have promised for North Queensland and Central Queensland, all without requiring a cent of Australian taxpayer dollars,” the company said.

On Friday thousands of school children in Sydney chanted “stop Adani, stop, stop Adani.”
The students’ protest gained momentum this week with the release of several reports that warned of the severe consequences of climate change and the world’s collective failure to meet goals set by the Paris Climate Agreement in 2015.
A US government report released last Friday warned that climate change could cost the US economic hundreds of billions of dollars by the end of the century.
Another, compiled by researchers from 27 global institutions, predicted that heat waves could reduce food supplies and aid the spread of diseases such as dengue and cholera.

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9 Responses to “A Childen’s Crusade on Climate”

  1. dumboldguy Says:

    “OOOOOH! It’s hot in heah! Too much cah-bon in the atmospheah!” (and repeat)

    Good on ya, ya little buggers! Australians are special people, and their kids are too. Of course, Australia is the developed nation most under threat from AGW, and the non-linear increase in droughts, heat waves, floods, wildfires, and flying foxes dropping dead out of the sky because of heat in AUS is getting everyone’s attention there (or should be—-apparently the powers that be still want to mine coal and export LNG).

    PS Considering that AUS has only about 3.85 million kids in school, 15,000 demonstrators there is the equivalent of 220,000 in the U.S., which has about 56.6 million kids in school. Pretty impressive—-220,000 ADULTS demonstrating in the U.S. is not common. I wonder if we could get that many kids in the U.S. to demonstrate bout anything?—-taking away cell phones from everyone under 18 is the only thing that might do it.

    • dumboldguy Says:

      Great signs in that clip. One seen elsewhere said —–“We’ve seen smarter cabinets at IKEA”

        • Bryan Ackerly Says:

          “Coal Hugger” Scott Morrison is not our elected prime minister. He is the result of a recent leadership coup by the hard right of the conservative party here.

          The previous prime minister then quit politics, his seat went up for re-election and was won (for the first time ever since federation) by a female independent (who ran on climate change as a major campaign issue). Then last week another woman quit the Conservative party and became an independent. The Conservative government here has now lost its majority and look likely to get smashed in the next federal election.

          The same party also got smashed a couple of weeks ago at the Victorian state election.

          Denialist politicians are getting very much on the nose here….

          It probably won’t be the last student protest on this issue…

  2. Sir Charles Says:

    President Trump’s Outrageous Dismissal of Climate Change Cannot Be Met With Silence

    TAKE ACTION

    Climate change is a clear and present danger to the American people. Help us show Trump that he is alone in his irrational climate denial — and demand that he confront this global threat today, or face certain climate catastrophe.

    TAKE ACTION

    Tell President Trump: We DEMAND Immediate Action on Climate Change.

  3. Sir Charles Says:

    President Trump’s Outrageous Dismissal of Climate Change Cannot Be Met With Silence

    Climate change is a clear and present danger to the American people. Help us show Trump that he is alone in his irrational climate denial — and demand that he confront this global threat today, or face certain climate catastrophe.

    TAKE ACTION

    Tell President Trump: We DEMAND Immediate Action on Climate Change.

  4. Brent Jensen-Schmidt Says:

    Damn that’s good. Excellent speaking for any age group. The fifth prime minister is a dead man walking. The population IS cheering the kids and his public support for coal is embarrassing even the right, seriously.

  5. Mike Male Says:

    and in typical Aussie style, one kid had the perfect sign in response to Morrison’s statement that there should be less activism in school. In simple black on white it said, ” We’ll be less active if you’ll be less shit.” We love our Aussie kids and their irreverence.


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